Extinguished: Flames lose Ramo to season-ending ACL tear

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Calgary’s troublesome goaltending situation just got an awful lot worse.

Karri Ramo, who leads the team with 33 starts this year, has been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign with a torn ACL, GM Brad Treliving confirmed on Wednesday.

Ramo suffered the injury last Thursday in an eventual 6-5 shootout win over San Jose. Late in the third period, Mark Giordano tripped Joonas Donskoi and sent the Sharks forward crashing into Ramo. The veteran netminder stayed down for a while before requiring help off the ice, and was immediately replaced by Jonas Hiller.

Ramo’s loss will undoubtedly hurt the Flames. Despite a rough start that led to him being waived — and sent to the minors — he rebounded to play some good hockey in December and January, posting a .919 save percentage.

Hiller will likely carry the load for the remainder of the year, with the recently recalled Joni Ortio backing up.

As for Ramo’s future… well, it’s murky to say the least. A pending UFA, he will now head to market on the heels of a pretty significant injury, and with a less-than-stellar statistical resume. While his play over the last few months has been solid, Ramo is only 17-18-1 on the year, with a .909 save percentage and 2.63 GAA.

Related: After going unclaimed on waivers, Ramo’s ‘probably one of the hottest goalies in the NHL’